Whistling Fish Productions, Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada


Rockbound: The Musical

 

    Roundbound: The Musical - Whistling Fish Productions, British ColumbiaBACKGROUND:
    ROCKBOUND is a full length (2 hrs) stage musical in two acts; music and lyrics by Geoff Noble, book by Susan Shillingford, based on Canadian classic 'Rockbound' by FP Day(1927). Funded by a Canada Council grant in 1998, the show was workshopped in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1998, with musicians Geoff Noble and Skip Beckwith as Musical Directors. The show went on to 2 very successful productions in Canada- with a cast of 15 in 2001 at the historic Capitol Theatre in Nelson, BC and then again, in 2003 at the Charlie White Theatre in the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney, BC.

    PLOT:
    Young David returns to the island of his birth, East Rock, where he struggles to prove himself as fisherman and member of the established fishing community. A moving tale of one man's challenges of overcoming local islanders' resentment and envy and while earning his self respect and independence.

    COMMENTS:
    "From start to finish, Rockbound gave us laughs, songs, a trip to tragedy and back to happiness- just like life."
    The Valley Voice. Nelson, BC - May 2001

    "It has the potential to be a perennial favourite...reminiscent of 'Our Town' or 'Anne of Green Gables'."
    The Times Colonist, Victoria, BC - March 14th, 2003

    "Standout music...a musical with the potential to be a lasting tribute to this vital aspect of Canadian culture."
    Nelson Daily News - April 19 2001

    "A compelling story...the struggle to survive, the endurance of the human spirit, and the joy of building against all odds."
    Marguerite McNeil, Equity Actor - August 2001

    "A well told romance about young men proving themselves and winning the hearts of true women."

    Jeff Kennedy, New Play Consultant, Manitoba Theatre Centre - May 2001

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